HEDLINE: EDUCAUSE partners with Instructure and UCF for BlendKit2014 MOOC

EDUCAUSE, the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Instructure announced a joined MOOC titled BlendKit2014 – Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, beginning April 21st.

This is the first MOOC by EDUCAUSE, a leading non-profit in the higher education IT vertical.

Key Takeaway

BlendKit2014 aims to provide not only an introduction to key issues related to blended learning, but also practical step-by-step guidance in producing materials for a blended learning course according to the press release.

The content of the MOOC has been developed by faculty at UCF and takes five weeks to complete. It will be delivered by the UCF Center for Distributed Learning’s associate director, Kelvin Thompson, and department head, Linda Futch. The current MOOC is an iteration on a course UCF developed in 2011 and is generally based on the university’s more than 20 years of experience in online education.

The target audience of BlendKit2014 are educators and instructional designers who want to learn about best practices for developing design documents, content pages and peer review feedback tools.

Registered participants can also opt-in for an official “UCF/EDUCAUSE Certified Blended Learning Designer” credential. In order to receive the credential, participants need to submit the materials they develop as part of the BlendKit2014 MOOC which will then be reviewed by UCF. The fee for the portfolio review is $89. Registrations are currently open, the MOOC will start on April 21st.

First reported by: Education Dive

Further Reading

  • EDUCAUSE Makes MOOC Debut, Partners with Instructure and University of Central Florida on Blended Learning Course | Instructure
  • UCF and EDUCAUSE Partner to offer Free BlendKit2014 | UCF
  • #EDUMOOC 2011 and Blended Learning | EDUKWEST


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